Showcase 2024

Seize the day to claim the Showcase Award 2024!

The fi-compass Showcase is a unique opportunity to share and promote your financial instrument triumphs within the fi‑compass community. Entries from around Europe will be displayed onsite at the FI Campus event, taking place from 25-27 June 2024 in Brussels. Attendees at the event will cast their votes for their favourite success story, and the top three submissions will be awarded the Showcase 2024 Trophy!


             

How to participate

Joining is a breeze! Simply grab your camera, or mobile phone, and head out to capture the impact of your EU shared management funds financial instruments first-hand.

The theme of the fi-compass Showcase 2024 is ‘Driving positive change: the impact of financial instruments’.

Participation in the fi-compass Showcase 2024 is open to all fi-compass stakeholders: managing authorities, intermediate bodies, funds of funds, financial intermediaries, final recipients and any other stakeholders involved in financial instruments under EU shared management (ERDF, EAFRD, ESF+, EMFAF and AMIF). Just let your creativity flow!

Submissions will be published gradually on this page and on our social media channels. Don’t forget to also share your contribution within your own social networks, making sure to tag @ficompass and #ShowcaseAward24.

 

Submission guidelines

The Showcase invites all fi-compass stakeholders to submit their stories in the form of a short video (duration 1-5 minutes) to the fi-compass team by the deadline of Saturday, 15 June 2024.

You can focus on the financial instruments’ objectives, implementation process and/or the results. It’s important you describe one or more projects supported by the instrument to show us the impact of the investment. You should gather insights from final recipients or other stakeholders involved to make your story more complete and richer.

Got a question? Send us an email and don’t forget to check out the competition guidelines for more details.
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Get inspired

Wondering how to get started? Take a look at all the submissions from previous editions below and be inspired.

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Malta
31 May 2024
Morphosis Capital: Shaping up wellness in Romania
Stay Fit Gym – an enterprise promoting physical training, mental health and sustainability in Romania, received support and funding from Morphosis Capital, under an ERDF financial instrument.
ERDF/CF
Romania
Showcase 2024
Malta
31 May 2024
EERE Malta: Propelling the green transition
Thanks to the EERE Malta financial instrument powered by ERDF resources, Fonicom has successfully managed to reduce its energy consumption, thereby minimising its environmental footprint.
ERDF/CF
Malta
Showcase 2024
Latvia
06 June 2024
ALTUM: Powering Latvia’s innovators
With the support of ERDF equity financial instruments, Development Finance Institution ALTUM, is supporting some of the country’s highest growth start-ups to foster investments in innovation.
ERDF/CF
Latvia
Showcase 2024
Italy
06 June 2024
Smart & Start Italia: Bolstering innovation through tech
ERDF financial instruments boost the competitiveness of Italian enterprises, bolstering their resilience and growth.
ERDF/CF
Italy
Showcase 2024
Croatia
11 June 2024
HAMAG BICRO: Empowering small businesses to grow
Through ESIF financial instruments, HAMAG-BICRO, the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovation and Investments facilitates access to finance for entrepreneurs through all development stages of their business.
ERDF/CF
Croatia
Showcase 2024
Slovakia
10 June 2024
SIH: Fostering integration through affordable housing
SIH joined forces with Slovenská sporiteľňa to address the lack of affordable and social housing in Slovakia, leveraging public resources to make more than 350 rental apartments available for over 600 people across the country. The affordable housing programme promoted by Dostupný Domov targets vulnerable groups, including the elderly, victims of domestic violence and the homeless.
ERDF/CF
Slovakia
Showcase 2024
South-Bulgaria
28 May 2024
Sustainable Cities Fund: Putting people at the heart of urban regeneration
Thanks to ERDF financial instruments, the Bulgarian Sustainable Cities Fund has invested to revitalise urban landscapes and restore heritage sites across the country, creating greener, safer and more inclusive spaces for citizens.
ERDF
Bulgaria
Showcase 2024
Yugozapaden, Bulgaria
28 May 2024
SIS Credit and FMFIB: Revitalising Bulgarian villages through financial instruments
The ESF+ powered Risk-Sharing Micro-Finance Facility invests in social entrepreneurship to address the needs of vulnerable groups. Promoted by FMFIB, Bulgaria's Fund Manager of Financial Instruments, and implemented by SIS Credit and Mikrofond, this financial instrument has supported the creation of over 1 500 jobs in Bulgaria.
ESF
Bulgaria
Showcase 2024
Poland
31 January 2023
BGK: Financing the foundations of social inclusion
Thanks to financial instruments financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) — the Polish Development Bank — supports the development of cooperatives, foundations, associations and other social economy entities created by people at risk of exclusion and employing individuals from disadvantaged groups: seniors, persons with disability or at risk of exclusion.
ESF
Poland
Winner 2023
Showcase 2023
Bulgaria
3 February 2023
Sustainable Cities Fund: Future proofing cities in Bulgaria
Over the past four years, the Sustainable Cities Fund has financed more than 70 projects in Bulgaria thanks to ERDF financial instruments. From the restoration of schools, markets and theatres, to the renovation of parks, the Fund is helping cities thrive and become more sustainable. The Sustainable Cities Fund’s mission is to foster economic and urban development in Bulgaria, making the most of EU and National resources through financial instruments.
ERDF
Bulgaria
Winner 2023
Showcase 2023
Lithuania
31 January 2023
INVEGA: Better access to finance for innovative and social enterprises
Through ESF and ERDF financial instruments, INVEGA, the Lithuanian National Promotional Institution wants to facilitate access to finance for innovative businesses and social enterprises.
ESF/ERDF
Lithuania
Winner 2023
Showcase 2023
Croatia
2 February 2023
MIRET: Reducing your carbon footprint, literally
With more than 24 billion pairs of shoes made each year using mainly oil derivatives and leather, footwear has a negative impact on the environment. Croatian footwear company MIRET wants to change that! Designing shoes to have the lowest possible impact on the environment, these bio-based sneakers are empowering consumers to choose design, durability and comfort, but most importantly sustainability.
ERDF
Croatia
Showcase 2023
Brittany (France)
2 February 2023
Breizh Up: Stimulating and accelerating innovation in Brittany
Since 2015, Breizh Up is having a positive impact on Brittany’s economy, using ERDF backed financial instruments to stimulate and accelerate investment in innovative companies in France. Among Breizh Up’s diverse portfolio is EOLINK, a company implementing innovative and cost-effective floating wind farms.
ERDF
France
Showcase 2023
Slovakia
3 February 2023
SIH: Preserving Slovak history through culture
The Grössling Spa, one of Bratislava’s 19th century iconic buildings, will be restored to its original function, and will share its premises with the City Library thanks to the support of ERDF financial instruments managed by Slovak Investment Holding (SIH), Slovakia’s National Promotional Institution.
ERDF
Slovakia
Showcase 2023
Portugal
2 February 2023
IFRRU 2020: A second life for Portugal’s historical landmarks
The ERDF powered IFRRU 2020 financial instrument focuses on urban rehabilitation and revitalisation of Portuguese cities. Thanks to the financial support of IFRRU, by the end of 2022, 440 buildings across the whole country were renovated, generating new jobs and making cities more sustainable and energy efficiency.
ERDF
Portugal
Showcase 2023
Czech Republic
31 January 2023
NRB: Supporting innovation and SMEs in Czechia
Through ERDF and ESF financial instruments, Národní rozvojová banka (NRB) — the Czech National Promotional Bank — stimulates investments in energy efficiency, innovative enterprises, SMEs and social entrepreneurs.
ESF/ERDF
Czech Republic
Showcase 2023
Puglia, Italy
31 January 2023
Puglia Sviluppo: Minibonds for Sustainability
The ERDF powered ‘Minibonds for Sustainability’ financial instrument, set up by Puglia Sviluppo, the region’s agency for economic development, has achieved its goal of generating over EUR 100 million in new issues, demonstrating that even small and medium-sized enterprises can access the capital market, adopting forms of financing that are complementary to traditional bank finance.
ERDF
Italy
Showcase 2023
Croatia
25 January 2023
HBOR: ESIF Growth and Development Loans
This fi-compass Showcase 2023 submission tells the story of how Inginspekt-Opatija, a company offering a wide range of services in the safety sector, was able to finance the creation of a water testing laboratory to assess and control the quality of drinking and wastewater thanks to an ESIF Growth and Development Loan set up by the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) and co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
ERDF
Croatia
Showcase 2023
Greece
25 January 2023
EquiFund: Financing growth and innovation in Greece
The EquiFund fund of funds was set up in Greece with an overall volume of EUR 448 million and nine equity financial instruments. It provides equity financing to companies that are established or have a branch in Greece and aims to accelerate the development of venture capital and private equity in Greece.
ERDF
Greece
Showcase 2023
Lithuania
25 January 2023
VIPA: Renovation is the new Lithuanian fashion
Through the ERDF-powered multi-apartment buildings modernisation fund, the Lithuanian Public Investment Development Agency (VIPA) was able to finance the renovation of 800 multi-apartment buildings since 2015, making them more sustainable and energy efficient.
ERDF
Lithuania
Showcase 2023
A video
              story from Bulgaria: three urban development projects
A video story from Bulgaria: three urban development projects

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about three interconnected urban development projects that were undertaken in Sofia, Bulgaria and received loans from the Urban Development Funds of Sofia: the Fund for Sustainable Urban Development (FSUD) and the Sustainable Cities Fund (SCF), co-financed with European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) resources.

ERDF
Bulgaria
Winner 2019
A video story from West Pomerania, Poland: Old Slaughterhouse
A video story from West Pomerania, Poland: Old Slaughterhouse

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about the Old Slaughterhouse – a historical building situated in the Łasztownia district of Szczecin in the West Pomerania region in Poland. With help of a loan from the JESSICA initiative, co-financed with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Old Slaughterhouse building was restored and is used now to host a number of companies.

ERDF
Poland
Winner 2019
A video story from the Slovak Investment Holding
A video story from the Slovak Investment Holding

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story how four innovative Slovak companies were able to grow and expand thanks to received equity investment, co-financed with European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and provided by the Slovak Investment Holding (SIH), the fund of funds managing ESIF financial instruments in Slovakia.

ERDF
Slovakia
Winner 2019
Video stories from France: FOSTER TPE-PME
Video stories from France: FOSTER TPE-PME

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission tells the story of how four French companies were able to grow and expand thanks to ESIF financial instruments set up by the FOSTER fund of funds. Loan, guarantee and equity instruments set up by FOSTER in the Occitanie Region in France mobilise investment to support a range of different types of SMEs in sectors including digital, health, services and agriculture.

ERDF
France
A video
              story from Italy: San Giorgio
A video story from Italy: San Giorgio

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about the company San Giorgio, leader of 8 companies involved in the Sweet Campania project, financed by the National Operational Programme on ‘Enterprises and Competitiveness (EC NOP) 2014-2020’. The project, received loans of over EUR 6 800 000 from Fondo Rotativo Contratti di Sviluppo Asse III, a financial instrument co-financed with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to further develop its business.

ERDF
Italy
A video story from Romania: Smart Bill
A video story from Romania: Smart Bill

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about Smart Bill, an invoicing and inventory management software company from Bucharest, Romania. The company received as final recipient an equity investment from the JEREMIE Romania 2007-2013 financial instrument, co-financed with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the national budget.

ERDF
Romania
A video story from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy: Metalcontrol
A video story from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy: Metalcontrol

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about Metalcontrol, a small mechanic company from Poviglio, Reggio Emilia in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. The company received financial support through the region’s ERDF co-financed Energy Fund and used it to finance the technological transformation of the company’s facilities.

ERDF
Italy
A video story from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy: CIDAS
A video story from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy: CIDAS

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about CIDAS, a social cooperative working in four regions in Italy. With help of the financial support of Emilia-Romagna region’s ERDF co-financed Energy Fund, the CIDAS nursing home in Ferrara in the Emilia-Romagna region purchased a micro-cogeneration plant with the objective to make this facility more energy efficient.

ERDF
Italy
A video story from Spain: ‘Pukas Surf’
A video story from Spain: ‘Pukas Surf’

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about Pukas Surf, a small company from San Sebastián, Spain. This company received a loan under the SME Initiative in Spain. Pukas Surf is a family business manufacturing surf boards.

ERDF
Spain
A video story from Croatia: Termostroj
A video story from Croatia: Termostroj

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story from Croatia about the company Termostroj, producing electric boilers for central heating and many other purposes. With the help of the loan from the financial instrument ‘ESIF Growth and Expansion Loans’ co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), Termostroj could buy new equipment and modernise its premises.

ERDF
Croatia
A video story from Croatia: Denona
A video story from Croatia: Denona

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story from Croatia about the printing house Denona. With the loan from the financial instrument ‘ESIF Growth and Expansion Loans’ co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), Denona was able modernise its printing department by buying new printing equipment.

ERDF
Croatia
5 SMEs in Croatia benefitted from HAMAG-BICRO’s ESIF co-financed small loans and micro loans
5 SMEs in Croatia benefitted from HAMAG-BICRO’s ESIF co-financed small loans and micro loans

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission consists of stories about 5 small businesses in Croatia that benefited from small loans and micro loans co-financed with European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and managed by the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO).

ERDF
Croatia
A video story from Italy: Gomedia Satcom
A video story from Italy: Gomedia Satcom

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about Gomedia Satcom, an innovative start-up company based in Catania, Sicily, in the South of Italy. The company received a low-interest loan from Fondo Rotativo Smart&Start, a financial instrument co-financed with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the National Operational Program ‘Enterprise and Competitiveness 2014-2020’, to further develop its business.

ERDF
Italy
SWN Moravia supported by ČMZRB’s Energy Savings programme
SWN Moravia supported by ČMZRB’s Energy Savings programme

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about SWN Moravia, a company producing staircases and railings from the Czech Republic. The company received an interest-free loan from the Energy Savings programme provided by Czech-Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank (ČMZRB). This financial instrument is co-financed with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). With this loan, the company replaced boilers generating heat for the company with the aim to significantly reduce its energy consumption, lower its emissions and make its heat production process more effective.

ERDF
Czech Republic
Vranov Beach Holiday Park
Vranov Beach Holiday Park

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about Vranov Beach Holiday Park, a final recipient of a loan from the Expansion programme provided by Czech-Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank (ČMZRB). The Expansion programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). With the loan, the accommodation offer of Vranov Beach Holiday Park was widened.

ERDF
Czech Republic
A video story from Greece: EquiFund
A video story from Greece: EquiFund

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission includes a video story and a brochure about EquiFund. EquiFund is a fund of funds programme providing equity financing to companies in Greece. The initiative is co-financed inter alia with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). EquiFund’s three investment windows: the ‘Innovation window’, the ‘Early Stage window’ and the ‘Growth Stage window’, are operated by overall nine financial intermediaries, selected by EquiFund’s fund of funds manager, the EIF.

ERDF
Greece
A video story from Northern Ireland: Neurovalens
A video story from Northern Ireland: Neurovalens

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about Neurovalens, a small company from Northern Ireland producing wearable technology. The company received a loan from Invest NI's ‘Access to Finance’ financial instrument, co-financed with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

ERDF
United Kingdom
A video story from Portugal: IFRRU 2020
A video story from Portugal: IFRRU 2020

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is a video story about IFRRU 2020, a financial instrument aimed to support investments in urban renewal, covering the entire Portuguese territory. This includes loans and guarantees, co-financed with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF).

ERDF/CF
Portugal
A report on ESIF financial instruments from Italy
A report on ESIF financial instruments from Italy

This fi-compass Showcase 2019 submission is an English language summary of the second edition of the ‘Report on Financial Instruments co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds’, prepared by the Agency for Territorial Cohesion in Italy. The report describes market dynamics, the programming and implementing system activities for financial instruments in Italy.

ERDF
Italy
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FI Campus 2024, Showcase event, 25-27 June, Brussels

Mark your calendar today for the fifth edition of ‘FI Campus 2024’, the flagship fi-compass event organised by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The event will take place on 25, 26 and 27 June 2024 in Brussels, Belgium.

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